Love

Posted: May 17, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections, Photos

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 17, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

A house divided upon itself cannot stand. For there is no peace or harmony. We have to ask ourselves where is the love? The love of God that unites us all? Where is the faith we profess every Sunday if we go on our separate ways of divisive thoughts and ideas?

Let us dear sisters and brothers as always stand united. Through a foundation built on praying as one and on the Lord’s living Word. Allow the Holy spirit to guide and show us the way. For our unity comes from the Holy Trinity. So that while ages run we will always profess with great faith, that we are One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

For we are One with Jesus our Lord and He is One with us. Amen

First reading

Acts 22:30,23:6-11
‘You have borne witness in Jerusalem: now you must do the same in Rome’

Since the tribune wanted to know what precise charge the Jews were bringing, he freed Paul and gave orders for a meeting of the chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin; then he brought Paul down and stood him in front of them. Now Paul was well aware that one section was made up of Sadducees and the other of Pharisees, so he called out in the Sanhedrin, ‘Brothers, I am a Pharisee and the son of Pharisees. It is for our hope in the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.’ As soon as he said this a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was split between the two parties. For the Sadducees say there is neither resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, while the Pharisees accept all three. The shouting grew louder, and some of the scribes from the Pharisees’ party stood up and protested strongly, ‘We find nothing wrong with this man. Suppose a spirit has spoken to him, or an angel?’ Feeling was running high, and the tribune, afraid that they would tear Paul to pieces, ordered his troops to go down and haul him out and bring him into the fortress.
Next night, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘Courage! You have borne witness for me in Jerusalem, now you must do the same in Rome.’

Gospel

John 17:20-26
Father, may they be completely one

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

‘Holy Father,
I pray not only for these,
but for those also who through their words will believe in me.
May they all be one.
Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me.
I have given them the glory you gave to me,
that they may be one as we are one.
With me in them and you in me, may they be so completely one that the world will realise that it was you who sent me and that I have loved them as much as you loved me.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may always see the glory you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Father, Righteous One,
the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me.
I have made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and so that I may be in them.’

Divine….

Posted: May 16, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Yesterday morning and through out the whole day I was feeling out of whack. My body ached and I was running a fever. Still I pushed on at work as I wanted to finish some important stuff.

When I got home my wife was sweet enough to dish out food for me. I popped two annarex tablets and lay on the couch to relax for a bit. Was thinking to myself that if things didn’t improve I would have to see a doctor. My daughter then comes up to me and asks if we were going to have family prayers? She likes praying the rosary and loves to say at the end of each decade “St Joseph” and when the rest of us responds “pray for us” she will quickly lead with the ave Maria. Anyhow while I was not quite up to it, I told her to ask the rest of the family if they wanted to pray. She ran off enthusiastically and she managed to get them all to agree.

My wife suggested instead that we pray the divine mercy. While my daughter was not to happy about it in the beginning since she was not familiar with the prayer, she decided to join us in the middle. I decided that we should end with the divine praises and so led in it. Praise be to God that His mercy was indeed upon me as I started to feel better before going to bed. By morning today I was good to go to work!

Blessed indeed is a praying family.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 16, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

It is our duty as Christians to help and guide one another through the Holy Spirit to live faithful, faith filled and holy lives. We can only do so if we consecrate ourselves you the sacred heart of Jesus.

Only then we will be able to tend to the many varied flocks of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through hard work, our dedication and humble servitude of our loving Saviour; the love we put into the service of the least of our brethren, we will surely see the fruits and our joy will be complete.

The inner peace, joy and sense of fulfillment is only to be found through the giving of oneself to the cross for which one gladly bears for our Lord. And so we serve because we love and we love because we serve our Lord and God who loves us deeply. Amen

First reading

Acts 20:28-38
I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, and its power

Paul addressed these words to the elders of the church of Ephesus:
‘Be on your guard for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you the overseers, to feed the Church of God which he bought with his own blood. I know quite well that when I have gone fierce wolves will invade you and will have no mercy on the flock. Even from your own ranks there will be men coming forward with a travesty of the truth on their lips to induce the disciples to follow them. So be on your guard, remembering how night and day for three years I never failed to keep you right, shedding tears over each one of you. And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace that has power to build you up and to give you your inheritance among all the sanctified.
‘I have never asked anyone for money or clothes; you know for yourselves that the work I did earned enough to meet my needs and those of my companions. I did this to show you that this is how we must exert ourselves to support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, who himself said, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.”’
When he had finished speaking he knelt down with them all and prayed. By now they were all in tears; they put their arms round Paul’s neck and kissed him; what saddened them most was his saying they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.

Gospel

John 17:11-19
Father, keep those you have given me true to your name

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

‘Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us.
While I was with them,
I kept those you had given me true to your name.
I have watched over them and not one is lost
except the one who chose to be lost, and this was to fulfil the scriptures.
But now I am coming to you and while still in the world I say these things
to share my joy with them to the full.
I passed your word on to them, and the world hated them, because they belong to the world no more than I belong to the world.
I am not asking you to remove them from the world, but to protect them from the evil one.
They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated in truth.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 15, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

If we had lived in the joy of Easter the past few weeks then we truly know where that joy and peace comes from. It comes from the promise of our Risen Lord fulfilled and the hope we have in our own eternal life with Him.

Mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters have gone home to Him and while the memory of them has been difficult sometimes, we have hope of one day being reunited with them. They too are praying for us, just as we pray for them.

So let us finish the race together amidst the difficulties and trials for our Lord is with us throughout. Let us share His love and the hope with have in Him, Jesus our Lord and saviour with all. Amen

First reading

Acts 20:17-27
I have without faltering put before you the whole of God’s purpose

From Miletus Paul sent for the elders of the church of Ephesus. When they arrived he addressed these words to them:
‘You know what my way of life has been ever since the first day I set foot among you in Asia, how I have served the Lord in all humility, with all the sorrows and trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews. I have not hesitated to do anything that would be helpful to you; I have preached to you, and instructed you both in public and in your homes, urging both Jews and Greeks to turn to God and to believe in our Lord Jesus.
‘And now you see me a prisoner already in spirit; I am on my way to Jerusalem, but have no idea what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit, in town after town, has made it clear enough that imprisonment and persecution await me. But life to me is not a thing to waste words on, provided that when I finish my race I have carried out the mission the Lord Jesus gave me – and that was to bear witness to the Good News of God’s grace.
‘I now feel sure that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will ever see my face again. And so here and now I swear that my conscience is clear as far as all of you are concerned, for I have without faltering put before you the whole of God’s purpose.’

Gospel

John 17:1-11
Father, it is time for you to glorify me

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

‘Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son
so that your Son may glorify you; and, through the power over all mankind that you have given him, let him give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him.
And eternal life is this:
to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do.
Now, Father, it is time for you to glorify me
with that glory I had with you before ever the world was.
I have made your name known to the men you took from the world to give me.
They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
Now at last they know
that all you have given me comes indeed from you;
for I have given them the teaching you gave to me,
and they have truly accepted this, that I came from you, and have believed that it was you who sent me.
I pray for them; I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me, because they belong to you: all I have is yours and all you have is mine,
and in them I am glorified.
I am not in the world any longer, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 14, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We often forget that we are called to be saints ourselves. Some of us wonder if we can ever be like the Saints of old or even when we gaze upon the saints in the making amongst us. They seem to possess heroic virtues, such dedication and sacrifice.

The only difference between us and them is their Yes to the Lord when called to higher service. And their continued yes to the Lord’s difficult call to love amidst uncertainties, trials and tribulations. Sisters and brothers our Lord does not call us only once, in fact He calls upon us His saints in the making ever so often. It is our response to His call to love that makes the difference.

Here I am Lord! I’ve come to do Your will. Amen

First reading

Acts 1:15-17,20-26
‘Let someone else take his office’

One day Peter stood up to speak to the brothers – there were about a hundred and twenty persons in the congregation: ‘Brothers, the passage of scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit, speaking through David, foretells the fate of Judas, who offered himself as a guide to the men who arrested Jesus – after having been one of our number and actually sharing this ministry of ours. Now in the Book of Psalms it says:

Let his camp be reduced to ruin, Let there be no one to live in it.

And again:

Let someone else take his office.

‘We must therefore choose someone who has been with us the whole time that the Lord Jesus was travelling round with us, someone who was with us right from the time when John was baptising until the day when he was taken up from us – and he can act with us as a witness to his resurrection.’
Having nominated two candidates, Joseph known as Barsabbas, whose surname was Justus, and Matthias, they prayed, ‘Lord, you can read everyone’s heart; show us therefore which of these two you have chosen to take over this ministry and apostolate, which Judas abandoned to go to his proper place.’ They then drew lots for them, and as the lot fell to Matthias, he was listed as one of the twelve apostles.

Gospel

John 15:9-17
You are my friends if you do what I command you

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments
you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.
I have told you this
so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete.
This is my commandment:
love one another, as I have loved you.
A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends, if you do what I command you.
I shall not call you servants any more,
because a servant does not know his master’s business; I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father.
You did not choose me:
no, I chose you; and I commissioned you
to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last;
and then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name.
What I command you
is to love one another.’

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Posted: May 12, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

The Kingdom Remains:

Scott Hahn Reflects
on the Seventh Sunday
of Easter

Readings:

Acts 1:15–17, 20–26
Ps 103:1–2, 11–12, 19–20
1 Jn 4:11–16
Jn 17:11–19

Today’s First Reading begins by giving us a time frame—the events take place during the days between Christ’s Ascension and Pentecost. We’re at the same point in our liturgical year. On Thursday we celebrated His being taken up in glory, and next Sunday we will celebrate His sending of the Spirit upon the Church.
Jesus’ prayer in the Gospel today also captures the mood of departure and the anticipation. He is telling us today how it will be when He is no longer in the world. By His Ascension, the Lord has established His throne in heaven, as we sing in today’s Psalm. His kingdom is His Church, which continues His mission on earth.
Jesus fashioned His kingdom as a new Jerusalem, and a new house of David (Psalm 122:4–5; Revelation 21:9–14). He entrusted this kingdom to His Twelve Apostles, who were to preside at the Eucharistic table and to rule with Him over the restored twelve tribes of Israel (Luke 22:29–30).
The Twelve Apostles symbolize the twelve tribes and hence the fulfillment of God’s plan for Israel (Galatians 6:16). That’s why it is crucial to replace Judas—so that the Church in its fullness receives the Spirit at Pentecost.
Peter’s leadership of the Apostles is another key element of the Church as it is depicted today. Notice that Peter is unquestionably in control, interpreting the Scriptures, deciding a course of action, even defining the nature of the apostolic ministry.
No one has ever seen God, as we hear in today’s Epistle. Yet, through the Church founded on His Apostles, the witnesses to the resurrection, the world will come to know and believe in God’s love, that He sent His Son to be our savior.
Through the Church, Jesus’ pledge still comes to us—that if we love, God will remain with us in our trials and protects us from the evil one. By His word of truth He will help us grow in holiness, the perfection of love.